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Severin D.H. IrlProf. Dr.

Severin D.H. Irl

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Bis 09/2018 bei Ecopotential
e-Mail: severin.irl(at)

Research interests

New: as of September 2018 Professor of Biogeography, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Institute of Physical Geography, Goethe-University Frankfurt

I'm an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biogeography (University of Bayreuth). My main research interests include:

  •    Island biogeography and ecology, especially focusing on the endemic plant species of La Palma (Canary Islands)
  •    Global treeline patterns with a particular (but not exclusive) focus on islands
  •    Biogeography and ecology of high-elevation ecosystems on oceanic islands and how disturbances shape these systems (e.g. introduced herbivores, fire, etc.)
  •    Spatial and ecological distribution of endemic and inuslar species and the possible effects of climate change on this distribution
  •    Primary succession on lava flows
  •    Global and macroecological patterns of all sort mainly revolving around diversity, rarity, endemism and invasion

I'm board member of the newly founded Society of Island Biology (SIB):



Latest publications

Beierkuhnlein, C; Irl, SDH (2017) Schatzinseln in Gefahr? Klimawandel und Naturschutz auf ozeanischen Inseln, Spektrum - Universität Bayreuth, 13, 46-49. -- pdf link
Cubas, J; Martín-Esquivel, JL; Nogales, M; Irl, SDH; Hernández Hernández, R; López-Darias, M; Marrero-Gómez, M; Del Arco, M; González-Mancebo, JM (2018) Contrasting effects of invasive rabbits on endemic plants driving vegetation change in a subtropical alpine insular environment, Biological Invasions, 20, 793–807: doi:10.1007/s10530-017-1576-0
Irl, SDH*; Schweiger, A*; Medina, F M; Fernández-Palacios, JM; Harter, D; Jentsch, A; Provenzale, A; Steinbauer, MJ; Beierkuhnlein, C (2017) An island view of endemic rarity – environmental drivers and consequences for nature conservation, Diversity and Distributions, 23, 1132-1142. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12605
* Equal contribution
Steinbauer, MJ*, Irl, SDH*, González-Mancebo, JM, Breiner, F, Hernández, RH, Hopfenmüller, S, Kidane Ogubamichael, Y, Jentsch, A, Beierkuhnlein, C (2017) Plant invasion and speciation along elevational gradients on the oceanic island La Palma, Canary Islands., Ecology and Evolution, 7, 771–779. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2640
* Equal contribution


Eduard-Strasburger Award 2017 donated by the German Botanical Society (DBG) and Springer Spektrum. See here (German), here (German) and here (English).

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